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Studley Park
Fairfield Park
Yarra Bend Park

Studley Park and its neighbours Fairfield Park and Yarra Bend Park is one of the gems of Melbourne and forms a wonderful complement to the Botanic Gardens. The Botanic Gardens are perfectly manicured, meticulously planned and consist of plantings from all around the world with a strong European influence. Studley Park is big, rambling, and covered with natural Australian bush. In many areas you can lie on your back and watch the trees and birds above your head and feel far removed from city life and European sensibilities. It would not feel out of place if a member of the Wurundjerie tribe wandered out of the bush in possum skins to investigate this strange person on his territory. And yet you are only 10 minutes from the centre of the city.

Studley Park follows the course of the Yarra River for some distance, snaking its way through several suburbs. The shallow river valley has the effect of visually removing it from its surrounding suburbs.

My favourite areas are the bushland with their bird life. You will find many finches in the South-West corner near Victoria Street. On the other side, if you cross the pipe bridge you are likely to come face to face with brilliantly coloured parrots. Water birds can be found all along the river, and many areas ring to the delightful ping of bellbirds. The best time for birds of course is early morning or late afternoon. 

Being an Australian park there is plenty of room for sport, with numbers of ovals and a golf course. Nearby attractions include the Collingwood Children's Farm and the Abbotsford Convent.

Boats at Studley Park

It is the ideal spot for a picnic, , BBQ or social gathering, and the focal areas are the two boatsheds. Hire a rowing boat and row your loved one up the river and feel part of another era. It is almost obligatory for an Australian costume drama to have a boating scene shot at the Studley Park Boatsheds or with boats rowing under the suspension bridge .If you prefer a bit more adrenalin, try shooting the rapids in a kayak at Dight's Falls, or taking the motorbike for a spin (within the speed limit of course) with the petrol heads who gather at the top of the hill in Yarra Boulevard.  (both sealed and unsealed) run through the park, and it is possible to run, walk, cycle, or rollerblade for many kilometres along the river and its tributary, the Merri Creek.

The Botanic Gardens represents Melbourne in its Sunday Best. Studley Park is Melbourne in its Saturday Casuals. Both are important and I wouldn't want one without the other.

 

Some forthcoming events at Studley Park, Fairfield Park and Yarra Bend Park:

Fairfield Summer Series 2017

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The 2017 edition of the Fairfield Summer Series brings a variety of performers to the Fairfield Amphitheatre for a series of free shows each Sunday in February from 5pm to7:30pm. Featuring serious local talent from established and emerging artists, Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with the City of Yarra. Enjoy tantalising international delicacies from the Social Studio.

Fantastic Voyage - Sunday 5th February

Be ready to be taken on a Fantastic Voyage through genre and tradition as we kick off the Fairfield Summer Series with an eclectic line-up headed by The Cactus Channel. Melbourne’s flamenco rockers Malcura will get your heart racing whilst Kozmik County will supply Psychedelic Eastern music to make your feet slide and your mind expand. Top this off with unique and specialized dance stylings from Studio J and you’re set on a journey beyond the leafy banks of the Yarra.

Station to Station - Sunday 12th February

PBS 106.7 FM Stone Love presenter Richie 1250 will be taking punters from Station to Station of the African musical diaspora. Foreign Brothers’ The Core-tet will be laying down the funk and soul with moves from Metaphysical Groove. Alariiya is bringing the Afro-beat. Dig Deep will be showcasing local hip-hop talent. International stars from I Love Dancehall will show you how to shake.

Let’s Dance - Sunday 19th February

Chris Gill, the host of 3RRR’s ’102.7FM’ Get Down, is hosting a dance party ripe for busting out some serious moves. Neil Morris is opening the show with a very special performance. Latin heroes San Lazaro will be there preceded by a Bindaas Salsa workshop for those not in the know. New-kids-on-the-Melbourne-Soul-Block, The Do Yo Thangs, are going to get you up and moving.

Changes - Sunday 26th February

Celebrating the next wave of Melbourne’s biggest talent Changes will be headed up by Billy Davis & The Good Lords. After a smashing year Thando will be showing audiences what she has been cooking up. See what’s happening in Melbourne’s poetry scene with spoken word fusion darlings Lay & Soreti: The Moment. As well as hosting the evening, Anna ’Pocket Rocket’ Lumb will be reveling in the renaissance of the Hula with an interactive performance.

Bring your friends, family and a picnic rug to witness a range of of Melbourne’s music and arts. Ride a bike, walk the Main Yarra Trail or catch a train – the Fairfield Amphitheatre is a 5 minute walk from Fairfield Station and just 16 minutes by train from Melbourne’s CBD.

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During the summer months the amphitheatre overlooking the river is often used for concerts and other performances, and each year there is a series of world music concerts.
 Northcote Amphitheatre
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